U.S. to protect Taiwan from mainland attack

ALFRED LEE, The China Post

There was an obvious shift in U.S. policy towards Taiwan and mainland China, according to Chuck DeVore, a former Pentagon official and a specialist of foreign affairs and military intelligence. “President Bush’s policy is one of ‘Strategic Clarity’ — it is essentially the same policy that the U.S. pursued with such success in Western Europe during the Cold War,” he pointed out. “President Bush made it very clear to the leaders in Beijing that America views the continuance of democracy in Taiwan as vital to U.S. interests,” Mr. DeVore said in an exclusive interview with The China Post. The U.S. regards mainland China as its archrival politically and militarily now that the Soviet Union has dissolved. The military analyst indicated that U.S. President Bush’s foreign policy is quite the contrary to the former administration’s “Strategic Ambiguity.”

In his book “China Attacks,” about the confrontation between Taiwan and China, a fiction which has a very high rating on Amazon’s best-selling booklist, Mr. DeVore mentions that the novel’s U.S. surveillance airplane RC-135 took off from Kadena Airbase in Okinawa the same way it did when the U.S. resumed its intelligence gathering flights on Monday. While facing a military threat from mainland China, he urged Taiwan people to remember the teachings of ancient Chinese military strategist Sun Tzu about how the moral factor and the will to win play a very important role in any military confrontation.

“For over 5,000 years, Taiwan is the first and only democratic government ever set up in Chinese history, it is the beacon of freedom and hope for the whole Chinese people,” he explained, “whether people will win in a military confrontation depends on whether they have the will and desire to fight for their freedom.” The specialist also quoted Italian military strategist Niccolo Machiavelli as saying “it is easier to govern a nation by consent, rather than govern by coercion.”

According to DeVore, the U.S. will do everything to prevent a mainland attack, including selling the appropriate military hardware to Taiwan.

The China expert called on people here to unite as this is the best way to keep mainland China from even thinking of utilizing military power on Taiwan.

In his book co-authored with Steve Moshe, he mentions Hainan as a focus of attention by the officials in mainland China. He also tells about the Chinese army’s electronic missiles designed to paralyze the electronic communication capability of Taiwan’s military and civilian telecommunication establishment. He warns that mainland China could launch a biotechnology warfare such as inflicting Taiwan people with influenza so as to weaken the combat efficiency of Taiwan’s troops.

Mainland China could launch incidents in other parts of the world in order to distract the military alertness of Taiwan and the U.S. In short, his book gives an in-depth analysis on the attack strategy of mainland China. The term used to describe that strategy is “unrestricted warfare.”

Commenting on the arms sales to Taiwan, he said that the Kidd-class destroyers were designed to be serviceable for 40 years and that their weapon systems were designed to work seamlessly with the control systems on the Aegis-equipped warships.

Chuck DeVore served as a special assistant for Foreign Affairs in the Pentagon in the late ’80s. He also served as senior assistant to Congressman Christopher Cox of California.